When it comes to cleaning a bathtub or shower made of acrylic material, there is a right way and a wrong way. Using the proper cleaning supplies and non-abrasive cloths will keep your tub or shower looking new for a long time. However, if you use caustic cleaners or scratchy materials, you could do permanent damage. Here is our best advice for keeping your acrylic shower or tub clean and in mint condition.
When it’s time to clean, always use a terry cloth towel, soft cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the acrylic surface. Don’t use abrasive scrubbing pads, steel wool or sponges, cause permanent damage to the acrylic material. If you use a drain cleaner or clog remover, be sure to rinse thoroughly with water so no product is left standing near the drain.
Some chemicals and cleaners may deteriorate acrylic surfaces, causing cracks and, potentially, property damage. To avoid this, don’t use cleaning products that state on their label that they are not suitable for use on Acrylic, ABS, Polystyrene or Plastic. Be sure to check the label of any product before you apply it to the surface; it’s easier to avoid damage than to try to remedy it.
We don’t recommend that you use silicone and acrylic latex sealant because of potential adhesion and shrinkage, which could lead to leaks. To get the best results, use an advanced kitchen and bath polymer sealant, such as:
When you’re ready to apply sealant, a little planning goes a long way. Pick up some painter’s tape and use it to mask off the seam to help make cleaning up easier. When you’re applying the bead, use a constant, steady speed to avoid an uneven finish. Use a caulk tool or a plastic spoon to work the sealant into the joint. Wetting the tool with denatured alcohol will help create a smooth finish. Follow the directions on the back of the tube for cure time.
Certain chemicals and cleaners may deteriorate acrylic surfaces, causing cracks and, potentially, property damage. After you’re finished applying it, clean up the product surface and remove any excess sealant with denatured alcohol. Don’t use solvents (turpentine, lacquer thinner, mineral spirits, paint thinner, MEK, xylene, acetone, naphtha, etc.) that can wreak havoc on an acrylic surface.
With a little care and consideration, you can prevent damage to your acrylic shower or tub. Keep a supply of soft cloths handy and remove any damaging products or abrasive scrubbing items from the bathroom to ensure they aren’t around when it’s time to clean.